What We’re Reading This Week


Hellhound On His Trail by Hampton Sides

“I have a good one for you.  Hellhound On His Trail.  This is about the Martin Luther King assassination and the biggest manhunt in history, as they call it. It reads like a mystery-thriller. I had nightmares about it last night. It’s so good. Right now I’m at the part where he’s shot MLK and the FBI and the whole country’s after him. He’s a total psycho.  And what’s really interesting is that J. Edgar Hoover hated Martin Luther King and spent a big part of his early career hunting him down, and then when King was assassinated, he was forced to hunt down the man who killed him.  This book is really good.”



The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

“I just finished this. I’m a research scientist so this was absolutely fabulous.  I’ve been growing HeLa cells for years.  I knew about the controversy, but not the whole story. It’s very well-written, and doesn’t require a science degree to read it, either. It’s of interest to all of us because we all go to the doctor and have cultures done of our throats, and this shows you what can happen because of and in spite of us. It illuminates how research happens, which isn’t just of interest to doctors. Oh, and I also just finished the new Dr. Seuss.  It was great.”



The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

“This book is awesome. I’ve had it in my library for ten years now and am finally getting around to it. I can see why it totally offends the Catholic Church. Since I’m neither Catholic nor religious, I find it brilliant and not offensive at all. It’s about a young girl who so far is being raised by these preachers or masters in Oxford, in an alternate dimension. She’s always getting into trouble. I’m not sure exactly where it’s going or what’s going to happen, I’m only forty pages in, but that’s what I like about it, I don’t know where it’s taking me. I think she just met the villain. They took off for the North Pole. And I haven’t seen the movie, so I really don’t know what will happen next.”



Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich – And Some Don’t by Donald Trump & Robert Kiyosaki

“I’ve read about fifty pages of this and find it really interesting. I’ve met Robert Kiyosaki and taken several of his classes and I know he’s a smart person, so I find it surprising that he describes himself as being really lazy and says that he hated school. He was a C student. How does a C student wind up a New York Times bestselling author, invited on the Oprah show, with over twenty million copies of his book Rich Dad, Poor Dad sold?”



The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman

“I haven’t read much Klosterman. Downtown Owl‘s been sitting on my shelf for a year or two now. Advance copies of The Visible Man have been making the rounds here and I knew not only that it’s set in Austin, but that the characters actually go to BookPeople, so I figured, what the heck, I’d pick it up. And now I’m totally engrossed. The story is weird. It’s told from the perspective of a therapist who is treating a patient who has an invisibility suit and sits in people’s houses and apartments observing them while they’re alone. What he sees and Klosterman describes is fascinating – who are we really when we’re alone? What do our most private habits say about us? What’s a meaningful life? There’s a streak of tension running through the book because the reader, like the narrator, isn’t totally sure whether or not this guy is crazy or safe or what. I just want to leave work and go read more of it.”

Klosterman will be here at BookPeople to speak & sign The Visible Man on Friday, October 21, 7p.



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